Sneak in the Rainbow (Chard) Smoothie Bowl
It can be a struggle getting my son to eat veggies, so sometimes you just got to sneak it in. I usually add more veggies than this, but wanted to share how you can baby-step your picky eaters. Slowly add in more veggies – spinach, broccoli, & carrots are good options that don’t have a ton of flavor when you mix in the fruit.
- 1 frozen organic banana
- 1/2 cup frozen organic tropical fruit blend
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoons shredded organic unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup organic Rainbow chard (4 leaves torn away from stalk)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup organic blueberries
- 1/2 tsp shredded unsweetened organic coconut flakes (omit to lower saturated fat content)
- 1 tsp sliced almonds
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Blend all ingredients except topping in a high powered blender. It should be thick but well blended.
- Carefully place toppings in a pretty line – or better yet, have your kids do it!
- Calories: 187
- Total Fat 6.4g
- Saturated 3.4g (omit coconut if you need a lower saturated fat content).
- Total Carbs: 31.6g
- Fiber: 5.6g
- Protein: 2.7g
- Calcium: 12.7%
- Iron: 4%
- Potassium: 400mg
- Vitamin A: 25.5%
- Vitamin C: 25.3%
- Rainbow Chard: has neuro-protective properties (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, & dementia), anti-cancer fighting benefits, and has the most B vitamins – B1, B2, B3 & B6 – along with minerals iron, manganese, magnesium, selenium, calcium, copper, and more.
- Banana: helps reduce swelling, protect against developing type 2 diabetes, strengthen the nervous system, and help aid in weight loss.
- Blueberries: protect your good cholesterol from being damaged, reduce DNA damage (which correlate with anti-aging & cancer fighting), and may help lower blood pressure and increase bone health.
- Cinnamon: has anti inflammatory properties, high in antioxidants for heart health, and helps lower blood sugar levels.
- I’m an advocate for more fruits & veggies in your daily diet. That’s why I include the health benefits on these foods in my recipes. The more fruits and vegetables, the better – BUT you do need to talk with your doctor to see if there are certain fruits or veggies you should be staying clear of, depending on your health conditions.